Olympic Flame begins Scottish leg after successful trip around Northern Ireland
Thousands lined the streets on Thursday 8 June to watch the Olympic Flame complete its journey around Northern Ireland. More than 250,000 spectators turned out to see the Torch during its five-day trip around Northern Ireland, with highlights of the visit including a visit to Stormont House, the Giant’s Causeway, Enniskillen Castle and Omagh High Street.
The Relay united people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities as communities came together to celebrate the achievements of inspirational Torchbearers. And Carál Ní Chuilín, Northern Ireland Sports Minister, believes it was the crowds that made the event so unique. “It’s the people, rather than the places, which have made this occasion so special. The 400 Torch Bearers have been inspirational – their stories of achievement and overcoming adversity have resonated with us all,” he added.
Next stop, on day 21 of the Flame’s 70-day, 8,000 mile journey around the UK, was Stranraer in Scotland.
Throughout the course Friday, the Olympic Torch was carried by 128 inspirational Torchbearers through 22 communities as it made its way to Glasgow.
In the morning, onlookers watched as Kirsty Kane carried the Flame to the front of Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Kane, nominated for her courage in dealing with her cerebral palsy, handed the Torch to Olympian Suzanne Otterson, who represented the UK in the figure skating at the Winter Olympics in 1992.
Another highlight of the route was when the Torch reached Scotland’s national ground, Hampden Park, which will host a number of this summer’s Olympic Football matches. For more information about tickets to Olympic football, check out: www.tickets.london2012.com.
The day ended with an evening concert in George Square, Glasgow, which included music from Eliza Doolittle, Emelie Sande and General Fiasco.